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Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran
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Watermark (2010)

by Vanitha Sankaran

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Two stars for Historical research.
As a book of fiction it is lacking. The characters are underdeveloped. The internal monologue of the protagonist is grating, her motivations unclear. I felt no connection to her. The story does not flow. ( )
  CarmenFerreiro | Mar 28, 2016 |
Loved, loved, loved this book. Set in France in the mid-1300s, amidst the Inquisition. The papermaker's daughter Auda is born under shocking circumstances that forever mark her. Despite the impediments of her birth, being female in a time when women are raised for the sole purpose of becoming wives and mothers, and living during a period of frightful fear mongering by and amongst religious groups, Auda steadfastly follows her own intellect, her own calling, and her own heart no matter what the personal cost.

This author is someone we should all watch out for to give us more great writing. That is unless she decides to cure cancer, or discover lifeforms on other planets, or solve the problems of global warming. Sankaran appears to be a most amazing person. ( )
  Phyllis.Mann | Jul 13, 2015 |
a tender love story between a poet paper maker (mute albino, Auda) and her beloved Jaime. great evocation of medieval superstitions and fear of Inquisitors, far-fetched but still wonderful ( )
  jenzbaker | Jan 13, 2015 |
How prejudice and ignorance can rule. A papermaker and his albino/mute daughter are caught and tortured by the inquisition. Very good description of papermaking of that time. ( )
  janerawoof | Aug 27, 2013 |
Watermark: A Novel of the Middle Ages by Vanitha Sankaran is set in 1320 in a small town in France. The main character is Auda, an albino girl thought to be a devil child from the moment she was born.

Auda is mute but can read and write having been raised by a papermaker. It's rare for women to read let alone write during this period, and Auda's striking features put her very existence in danger when the Inquisition comes to town.

If you love paper at all, you'll revel in this book as the plot follows the early creation of paper using rags. The subsequent use of paper by the wealthy and the avoidance by the Church was fascinating to me and I couldn't get enough.

Interweaved between these historical facts is Auda's story as a mute albino woman who doesn't want to marry and her efforts to survive and prosper in France during the 1300s.

The novel also includes a short history of paper-making at the end, including a recipe for making paper.

Watermark is an exciting read, laced with fear, danger and a love for paper, stories and verse. Perfect! ( )
  Carpe_Librum | Aug 4, 2013 |
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With the Lord's help, the Inquisitor can,
with an obstetrician's hand, bring the twisting
snake out of the sink and abyss of error.

- Bernardo Gui,
Practica Inquisitionis heretice pravitatis
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For my sister, Suja, who always believed this day would come.
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Elena clutched her distended belly and tried not to cry out.
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The daughter of a papermaker in a small French village in the year 1320—mute from birth and forced to shun normal society—young Auda finds solace and escape in the wonder of the written word. Believed to be cursed by those who embrace ignorance and superstition, Auda's very survival is a testament to the strength of her spirit. But this is an age of Inquisition and intolerance, when difference and defiance are punishable "sins" and new ideas are considered damnable heresy. When darkness descends upon her world, Auda—newly grown to womanhood—is forced to flee, setting off on a remarkable quest to discover love and a new sense of self . . . and to reclaim her heritage and the small glory of her father's art.
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"The daughter of a papermaker in a small French village in the year 1320--mute from birth and forced to shun normal society--young Auda finds solace and escape in the wonder of the written word. Believed to be cursed by those who embrace ignorance and superstition, Auda's very survival is a testament to the strength of her spirit. But this is an age of Inquisition and intolerance, when difference and defiance are punishable "sins" and new ideas are considered damnable heresy. When darkness descends upon her world, Auda--newly grown to womanhood--is forced to flee, setting off on a remarkable quest to discover love and a new sense of self . . . and to reclaim her heritage and the small glory of her father's art"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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